Updated 07:25 AM EDT, Sat, Apr 10, 2021

US & Cuba Resuming Mail Service & Regularly Scheduled Commercial Flights

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The restored diplomatic relations of the United States and Cuba will bring forth two significant changes: a resumed direct mail service and an agreement on regularly scheduled commercial flights.

The news was announced by an American official who demanded anonymity, Fox News Latino reported from The Associated Press. Washington also plans to make new regulations aimed to make it easier for U.S. citizens to pay a visit to Cuba and perform business transactions there with independent entrepreneurs.

The U.S. and Cuba reopened their respective embassies in July. A meeting in Havana last week saw delegates from each country establish a plan to resolve a half-century of economic and legal disputes within the next 15 months, Fox News Latino added. The American official said that the Obama administration plans to release orders designed to ease the U.S. economic embargo in Cuba.

According to BBC, Cuba appointed veteran diplomat Jose Cabanas as its ambassador to the U.S., the first since 1961. Cabanas, who has run Cuba's "interests section" in Washington since 2012, was welcomed at the White House by 15 other new diplomats from other countries.

The announcement of Cabanas' appointment comes before Pope Francis' visit to Cuba and days before Cuban President Raul Castro heads to New York to address the United Nations. Castro's call marks the first time that a president from Cuba visited the U.S. since his older brother and former president, Fidel, spoke before the UN in 1995, BBC wrote.

U.S. President Barack Obama announced eight months ago that the restored relations is focused on relieving economic hardships in Cuba and encourage the island's development of a private market outside of state control, the news outlet noted. The unidentified official claimed that breakthroughs are expected to take place before the end of the year.

U.S. and Cuban officials also wish to undertake their biggest differences by December 2016, before Obama departs the presidential seat, Fox News Latino reported.

Washington and Havana capitals are set to kick off a "pilot program" that will allow Cubans and Americans to send mail directly to one another, Fox News Latino noted. The postal program will travel through the Miami and Havana airports. In addition, the U.S. and Cuba are looking to agree on the recommencement of direct, commercial airline routes, though the first flights aren't expected to commence until next year.

"The official outlined a few other achievable goals before the end year: Counternarcotic cooperation that goes beyond Coast Guard interdiction efforts to include Drug Enforcement Agency partnering with its Cuban counterpart; joint environmental work involving the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; progress on setting up maritime passenger routes," Fox News Latino further reported from The Associated Press.

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